Literature and Favoritism in Early Modern England
By (author) Curtis Perry
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Literature and Favoritism in Early Modern England by Curtis Perry
Book DescriptionFor writers in the early modern period, thinking about royal favorites inevitably meant thinking about the uneasy intersection of the personal and the public in a political system traditionally organized around patronage and intimacy. Depictions of favoritism - in a variety of texts including plays, poems, libels, and pamphlets - explore the most fundamental ideological questions concerning personal monarchy and the early modern public sphere, questions about the nature and limits of prerogative and about the enfranchisement or otherwise of subjects. In this study, Curtis Perry examines the ideological underpinnings of the heated controversies surrounding powerful royal favorites and the idea of favoritism in the late Elizabethan and early Stuart period. Perry argues that the discourse of corrupt favoritism is this period's most important unofficial vehicle for exploring constitutional unease concerning the nature and limits of personal monarchy within the balanced English constitution.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521854054
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Curtis Perry
Curtis Perry is Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University. He is the author of The Making of Jacobean Culture: James I and the Renegotiation of Elizabethan Literary Practice (Cambridge University Press, 1997), the editor of Material Culture and Cultural Materialisms in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (2001), and has had numerous articles and chapters published on the subject of early modern English literature and culture.
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